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Referencing guidance

Courses and study

What is referencing?

Citations and references are needed in your assignments to show:

  • that you acknowledge the original creator of the work (be it a book, journal, website etc.);
  • that you have evidence to back up your argument;
  • and to enable others to investigate your area of research more fully.

Using citations and referencing properly will help you:

  • avoid plagiarism
  • increase your grades - check your marking scheme as there are marks awarded for proper referencing.


Guidance on referencing is available on the library website.

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